Last Exit to Brooklyn Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Bible passage create for the beginning of the story?

2. Why does Shelby think that people participate in violence?

3. What does the reader hope this story will be?

4. After the party has gotten out of control, where must everyone relocate to?

5. What really ends up happening to Tommy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes the group of hipsters finally decide to stop beating one another up?

2. What is the moral significance to this story?

3. Compare the hipsters and sailors to one another.

4. The novel begins in this place and is frequented by what group?

5. On the same day as the wedding, what else occurs?

6. Explain Selby's writing style as the fight between Freddie and Rosie begins.

7. How does her family react?

8. What has Georgie struggled to find for most of his life?

9. What does this story reveal about Brooklyn residents?

10. Explain the game of mum that the hipsters play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many characters use sex in different ways.

What characters use sex for money or to get ahead in their lives?

Which characters are denied sex?

Which characters partake in many sexual experiences to escape from their boring lives?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Selby think there is a never ending circle of bitterness in the borough of Brooklyn?

Explain and describe the vicious circle that he feels exists for Brooklyn's residents.

Essay Topic 3

Selby's book caused a huge controversy during its publication. The major topics in the book consist of homosexuality, child abuse, cheating, stealing, violence, transvestites, anger, insanity, and drug use. Using your knowledge about these topics in the 1950s, how do you think the book was accepted by general American culture? How was it perceived in a more liberal Europe?

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